KŪBILAS

Lithuanian

 
PRONUNCIATION: KOO-bill-ahss
 
TRANSLATION: The tub
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from Vyts Beliajus, a Lithuanian immigrant who has been called the "Father of Folk Dancing in the United States," who introduced this dance in America.
 
BACKGROUND: "A tub filled with choice vegetable is placed in the center and the harvesters perform a dance expressing joy over a bountiful harvest." --From Folkraft LP-35 jacket notes.

Among the Lithuanians living outside Lithuania, Kūbilas enjoys great popularity.

MUSIC:Folkraft (LP) LP-35, "Viltis Lithuanian Folk Dances," side B, band 3.
 
FORMATION:Single cir of cpls, W on M R, in a back-basket ("B" pos), also known as a "Back Chair" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 2/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: GALLOP STEP: Step R swd (ct 1); pause (ct &); close L to R, momentarily taking wt (ct uh); quickly step R swd (ct 2); pause (ct &); close L to R, momentarily taking wt (ct uh).

JUMP-PAUSE: Jump to both ft in place (ct 1); pause (ct 2).


MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
 None.
 
I. GALLOP CCW, JUMP-PAUSE, CPL TURN, JUMP-PAUSE
 
1-7Dance 14 Gallop Steps swd to R;
8Dance 1 Jump-Pause;
9-11Releasing hands between cpls so that ptrs are in Open Dance pos, dance 6 Gallop Steps, M fwd and W bwd, each cpl revolving CW in place;
12Releasing ptr, dance 1 Jump-Pause with M turning CW to face ptr with back to ctr on ct 1 and grasping neighboring M shldrs with arms extended in "T" pos on ct 2.
 
 NOTE: There is now a cir of M in "T" pos facing and a cir of individual W outside the M, both cir facing ctr.
 
II. GALLOP CW/CCW, JUMP-PAUSE, GALLOP CW/CCW, JUMP-PAUSE
 
1-8MEN: With backs to ctr in "T" pos, M dance 14 Gallop Steps CW swd to R and 1 Jump-Pause;
WOMEN: Facing ctr with L hand raised and R handholding skirt, dance 14 Gallop Steps CCW swd to R and dance a Jump-Pause;
9-11Continue dancing 6 more Gallop Steps in same dir to end near ptr;
12M release shldr hold and, turning 1/2 R to face ptr, dance 1 Jump-Pause.
 
III. CPL TURN, JUMP-PAUSE, CPL TURN, JUMP-PAUSE
 
1-4Joining both hands with ptr, W L in M R, W R in M L, with R shldrs adjacent and leaning away from each other, turn CW in place with 8 Gallop Steps;
5-8Continue with 6 more Gallop Steps and 1 Jump-Pause, pulling bwd away from ptr on the jump;
9-12Repeat action of meas 5-8.
 
IV. GALLOP STEPS CCW; W AROUND M
 
1-8Facing ptr with M back to ctr, M R hand on W L waist and R arm curved overhead, W L hand on M R shldr and R handholding skirt, dance 14 Gallop Steps CCW to M L in LOD and 1 Jump-Pause;
9-12Releasing ptr, M clap own hands 8 times while W raise curved arms overhead and walk 8 steps CW one-and-one-half times around ptr to end facing ctr in inside cir while M turn CW to face ctr in outside cir.
 
V. GALLOP CCW/CW, JUMP-PAUSE
 
1-8M join hands with neighbors, stretching their cir as wide as possible, while W grasp neighbors' shldrs in "T" pos, and both cir dance 14 Gallop Steps, M CW to L in RLOD and W CCW to R in LOD;
9-11Continuing in same dir, all dance 6 more Gallop Steps to end near ptr;
12W release shldr hold and all Jump-Pause as W turn to ptr.
 
VI. GALLOP CW, JUMP-PAUSE, OPEN LINE, BOW
 
1-7Dance 14 Gallop Steps swd to L;
8Dance 1 Jump-Pause;
9-11Break the cir on the side closest to the audience and open line with walking steps;
12Dance 1 Jump-Pause, bowing on the pause.

Copyright © 2012 by Dick Oakes